NATIONAL CARROT CAKE DAY – Have your carrot cake and eat it too today. Carrot cake is more like a quick bread in production and consistency. Wet ingredients are mixed separately from dry ingredients and then combined for a coarser-than-regular-cake consistency. Legend has it that carrots were likely used to sweeten the cake in the Middle Ages when sugar was scarce. Well done, you middle agers. Carrot cake is delicious!
NATIONAL WOMEN PHYICIANS DAY – celebrating our lady doctors, this day falls on Dr Elizabeth Blackwell’s birthday, the first woman in the US to receive a medical degree. Blackwell graduated in 1849 and in 2016, 35% of all doctors graduating were women. Go Lady Docs!
NATIONAL DAY THE MUSIC DIED DAY – this day commemorates the day three music legends were killed in a plane crash; Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and JP Richardson aka “The Big Bopper”. Waylon Jennings was supposed to be on this plane ride in 1959 but swapped places with the Big Bopper. One of the most famous songs in western history, American Pie by Don McLean, features a verse about this day:
But February made me shiver,
With every paper I’d deliver,
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step.
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside,
The day the music died.
Celebrate by listening to this song today.
NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY – designated for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, this day recognizes this killer of one in three women, according to goredforwomen.org.
Have a great day wearing red, listening to Don McLean and eating carrot cake!